The Affordable Rural Housing Commission identified certain problems associated with high levels of second home ownership in particular communities. The Commission concluded that across rural England as a whole, the impact of second homes was modest. It did however recommend that we consider measures to offset any detrimental effects in those localised areas where they occur.
We have no plans to alter the use class order to require planning permission for second homes.
We have already given local authorities flexibility to reduce the council tax discount offered on second homes to 10 per cent. In 2005-06 that raised an additional £92 million to spend on local priorities. We have no plans to make further changes.